Please Note: This guide on “How to Start a Travel Blog”, can also be used to start a blog in another niche such as cooking, parenting, photography etc. The steps to get started are the same. Happy blogging!
So you are interested in starting a travel blog. First things first, lets clear this up…
Why Start a Travel Blog?
Is Travel Blogging Living the Dream?
Five years ago, if someone told me that I would be able to travel the world and earn money, I would have laughed. Fast forward to today, both my partner Tom and I still can’t believe that we do what we do and are able to work from anywhere in the world. Sometimes, we have to pinch ourselves to see if this is real!
When we started our travel blog, Adventure in You, it was a side thought brought about by a wine-fuelled evening. True story: shortly after we decided we were going to start a blog, Tom goes…”what’s a blog?”
What started as a passion project to stay connected to traveling now makes money to support us and our team as we travel the world. But before I begin, unlike most “how to start a travel blog” articles out there, I’m going to be real honest with you…
Travel blogging is easy but making money from travel blogging is hard.
However, if you keep at it, it is possible to start a travel blog and make money. Plus we are here to help you do it even quicker than we did. Why? Simply put, we want others to be able to achieve and live this lifestyle that we love so much.
It has really changed our lives and we want it to do the same for others which is why we published this how to start a travel blog guide in the first place (aka travel blogging for beginners!). Follow this guide and it will show you exactly how to create your own travel blog.
Here are some reasons why we love our travel blog and why we think we are living the dream life:
- We can make money while traveling
- We essentially get paid to travel (#dreamjob)
- We love getting those emails and comments from our readers saying “thank you for inspiring me to travel.”
- We get to document our travel stories and adventures, which we can look back on later in life
Shortly after we formed our personal travel blog, Adventure in You, it became our mission to “Inspire people to DO MORE”. So whether it’s by traveling more, exploring the unknown, and taking risks. The fact that we get to inspire and share a little bit about how beautiful and awesome this world is, makes it all worthwhile. Bottom line is:
Travel blogging has given us the freedom to do what we love, anywhere in the world.
By the way, just so you know, behind all the I-work-from-a-hammock and the look-at-my-office-today photos, is a whole lot of scrambling to get decent WIFI!
After starting our blog, we quickly realized how lucky we are to be living in a generation where we can be location independent, travel as much as we can, and somehow find a way to make money doing what we love. While it’s not for everyone, starting a travel blog has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.
Through our travel blog, we’ve been able to travel across 4 continents throughout the last two years. We’ve seen the jungles in the Amazon Rainforest, jumped out of planes over the Swiss Alps, gone diving with sharks in Indonesia, and turn it into a full-time business. The truth is, I could go on and on about why you should start a travel blog but the fact that you’re reading this already means that you’re interested. So, let’s get started!
Disclaimer as of 01/02/2018: I think it is best if we are perfectly honest with you about how our current travel blog performs. That way, you know more about us and understand why you can trust our advice. At the moment, Adventure In You gets over 400,000 visitors and generates around $12,000 USD every month.
How to Start a Travel Blog
Step One: Set Up Your Domain and Hosting
Before I go any further, you might be thinking why do I have to set up and pay for hosting when there are free options like Squarespace, Blogger etc? Well, the answer is simple. If you have decided you want to make money from travel blogging or at some point you think you might, you should go with a self-hosted travel blog.
We Recommend Bluehost for Hosting and this is why…
Bluehost is the #1 most used and trusted hosting network on the internet and with our discount, it’s also cheaper than you’ll find anywhere else! The first time we wrote about starting a blog we actually had our hosting with Siteground but after some terrible customer service experiences and site crashes, we moved to Bluehost. We don’t recommend companies we don’t personally use so we made sure Bluehost was as good as everyone says and now couldn’t be happier to recommend them. When you click the Get Started Button below, you’ll be getting our special discount, making starting a travel blog even cheaper for you.
Quick note: We are not sponsored by Blue Host in any way, shape or form. We pay for our hosting like everyone else. We are just happy to recommend them, just like you will be. If that big yellow button doesn’t work then click here to get started travel blogging with Bluehost.
After you click the “get started now” button, you’ll be brought to a new page where you will sign up for hosting.
There are 3 Choices for Packages: Basic, Plus, and Prime
If you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine. You can upgrade at any time if you need too.
If you have a little bit of extra budget that you can commit, the Prime plan probably has the best value for the 36-month package. On that package, you get these included: free domain privacy, free SiteBackup Pro, and SpamExperts.
Click “Select” on your preferred plan to move to the next step.
Now it’s time to choose your domain name, which can be hard at first but have some fun with it. If you are stuck don’t worry, Bluehost has an awesome feature which allows you to pick a name later on!
Also as mentioned, you won’t be charged extra for your travel blog domain name as it comes free with your Bluehost package.
Quick Tip: If you don’t have a name yet then hover your mouse as if you were going to leave the screen and this pop up will appear. Then you can come up with a name later!
Already have a blog name? Then you don’t need to use the pop-up above. From the “Sign Up Now” screen (shown below), simply type in your new domain in the left box. I strongly suggest selecting a “.com” name from the drop-down menu. After you’re done with all this, click “next”.
Almost done! It’s now time to create your account and pay.
I always create accounts or sign in with Google but if you rather just fill in your details in the fields that are below the google button.
Further down the page, you’ll have to confirm the package that you chose and select if you want extras.
As I said before, if you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine. If you have a little bit of extra budget that you can commit, the Prime plan probably has the best value for the 36-month package.
If you want to start by just paying for 12 months at first, feel free. It’s up to you, but you’ll spend more per month if you choose a shorter plan.
You will see now that if you sign up through our link, you can save over $180 by using our special discount which we negotiated with Bluehost just for our readers! (Please note the discount varies depending on Bluehost’s own promotions)
Also, taxes depend entirely on what country you start your blog in. If you see taxes added to the total amount, it’s the local government tax and can’t be avoided. Some countries don’t charge tax on hosting and some do. That is just the way it is but if it’s there it is not usually more than $25.
Now enter your credit card information, tick the “I confirm” box and then click “submit”.
Boom, that’s the hard part all done!
Step Two: Set Up Your Bluehost Account
You will now be prompted by Bluehost to create a password for your account. After you create your password, WordPress will begin installing on your account automatically which is another great thing about Bluehost.
After you create your password and sign in, you will be prompted to select a theme so you can start designing your new travel blog. Finally, you will receive emails from Bluehost with your account and WordPress information.
After that, welcome to your new travel blog!!
This is a big moment in your travel blogging/internet journey. From here, you will write your blogs under “Posts”, create pages in yep, you guessed it, the “Pages” section and alter the look of your blog under “Appearance”. Take your time looking around as you enjoy this moment!
The Next Steps After Starting a Travel Blog
Now, before you leave our travel blog to start working on your own, take 5 minutes to ask yourself, why do you want to write a travel blog? Is it to make a bit of extra income on the side? Is it to eventually turn it into your main source of income? A good tip that we’ve started applying in anything that we do is determining your WHY. Your why will largely affect the type of blog you’re going to run and how much work you’ll put into it. So think about it long and hard (yeah, I just said that).
Personally speaking, travel blogging has allowed us the freedom to live a lifestyle that I only used to dream about. Never in my life did I think it was possible to travel the world or do temporary stints living in Bali, Ecuador, or Chiang Mai all while growing our online business. Like I said earlier, it’s not easy to make money travel blogging….but all the things that are worth pursuing never are. My word of advice, if you’re passionate about something, go and pursue it.
So now you’re all set and ready to start travel blogging. Go to your favorite travel blogs out there and see what type of articles they write. Good travel blogging is a mix of being a great storyteller while still being informative.
The last tip that I have about starting a travel blog is to enjoy the whole process! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the information online but as soon as you put your head to it, things will fall into place. If you want more information on blogging tips and resources, keep an eye out for our blogging section.
P.S. Send us the link to your travel blog once you’ve finished setting it up!
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